Fantasy Football 2012, Week 16: Running back rankings for PPR and standard leagues

Joe Robbins

Adrian Peterson is the top running back in standard and PPR fantasy leagues for Week 16. We break down the best of the rest in this week's running back rankings.

Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to return this week, which should serve as a death blow to David Wilson as an RB2. Wilson owners shouldn't cut him, however, in case Bradshaw's health status changes before kickoff. Knee injuries usually need a lot of rest.

LeSean McCoy has a chance to play against the Washington Redskins this week. The Philadelphia Eagles don't have much to play for, however, so McCoy could still ride out the season on the bench. Bryce Brown owners should be ready to start him again, though he too may have limited fantasy value. Brown has put the ball on the turf multiple times as a starter. His outlook looks worse after two poor outings, though he reportedly won't be benched for his slippery fingers.

Rashard Mendenhall returns to the Pittsburgh Steelers this week following a one-game suspension. He is still a risky play in fantasy leagues, however. Jonathan Dwyer is a nice flex option this week.

Maurice Jones-Drew hasn't been ruled out yet against the New England Patriots, and Rashad Jennings will undergo concussion tests this week. This is shaping up to be a pretty messy situation for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Daniel Thomas suffered a knee injury last week, and could miss Week 16. As a result, it should be the Reggie Bush show in a great matchup against the Buffalo Bills. Lamar Miller may also see some touches, but Bush should be considered a potential RB1 this week, especially in PPR leagues.

I'm not touching the San Diego running back situation at this point.

Standard League PPR League
1 Adrian Peterson Adrian Peterson
2 Arian Foster Arian Foster
3 Doug Martin Ray Rice
4 Ray Rice Doug Martin
5 C.J. Spiller C.J. Spiller
6 Jamaal Charles Matt Forte
7 DeMarco Murray Jamaal Charles
8 Knowshon Moreno DeMarco Murray
9 Matt Forte Trent Richardson
10 Marshawn Lynch Reggie Bush
11 Chris Johnson Knowshon Moreno
12 Alfred Morris Marshawn Lynch
13 Trent Richardson Chris Johnson
14 Frank Gore Darren Sproles
15 Reggie Bush Bryce Brown
16 Darren McFadden Darren McFadden
17 Bryce Brown Alfred Morris
18 Vick Ballard Steven Jackson
19 Steven Jackson Vick Ballard
20 Stevan Ridley Frank Gore
21 BenJarvus Green-Ellis Stevan Ridley
22 Mikel LeShoure David Wilson
23 DeAngelo Williams BenJarvus Green-Ellis
24 David Wilson Mikel LeShoure
25 Darren Sproles DeAngelo Williams
26 Beanie Wells Alex Green
27 Ahmad Bradshaw Ahmad Bradshaw
28 Shonn Greene Jacquizz Rodgers
29 Alex Green Beanie Wells
30 Michael Turner Bilal Powell
31 Jonathan Dwyer Danny Woodhead
32 Montell Owens Shonn Greene
33 Jacquizz Rodgers Mike Tolbert
34 Danny Woodhead Montell Owens
35 Bilal Powell Michael Turner
36 Mike Tolbert Jonathan Dwyer
37 Ben Tate LaMichael James
38 Peyton Hillis Ronnie Brown
39 LaMichael James Ben Tate
40 Rashard Mendenhall Ronnie Hillman
41 Ronnie Brown Peyton Hillis
42 Jackie Battle Jackie Battle
43 Mark Ingram Mark Ingram
44 Ronnie Hillman Rashard Mendenhall
45 Montario Hardesty Isaac Redman
46 Tashard Choice Shane Vereen
47 Shane Vereen Lamar Miller
48 Daryl Richardson Marcel Reece
49 Isaac Redman Bernard Pierce
50 Robert Turbin Montario Hardesty
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